MG420 Labor Relations

for S2A 2012

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MG 420 Labor Relations


S2A 2012 BE


Lewis, Leslie Hugh


Senior Instructor/Lecturer HRD, Management, Marketing


Post Grad Courses in HRD, Org, Dev. & Change, UT - Austin
MEd HRD, Adult Ed,, & Leadership University of Texas at Austin
MBA Management Systems University of North Texas

Office Location

RM 209 Austin Center

Office Hours

4-10 pm T-TR and by appointment

Daytime Phone

512-251-4061 home


Semester Dates

Mar. 19 - May 6, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:10 - 7:50 PM


MG 352 and HR 353

Credit Hours



Labor Relations: Striking A Balance
ISBN: 9780073530338

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Course Description:
MG420 Labor Relations: Consideration of the development, legal environment, and current problems of the industrial relations system. Emphasis is placed upon the historical evolution of both the union movement and the legislative system that shapes its activities. 3:0:3 Prerequisite: MG 352 and HR 353.

Educational Philosophy:

I will serve as your facilitator and will work with you to take responsibility for your learning processes and work. You will learn how to perform research for your case studies and discussion topics using the World Wide Web and your text. I develop my classes with the assumption that We are all Life Time Learners and that adults learn better if they are part of the learning process itself. In order to succeed in this course, the student must first and foremost be in class for all meetings. The student must conscientiously prepare for class by reading the text prior to class. Taking notes on the reading would also be to the student's benefit. The student must be prepared to answer questions and solve problems as well as cases in class. The student must also satisfactorily complete all examinations and homework in the class. All methods of teaching are designed to transfer new material by clarifying and emphasizing subject areas presented in the text. The lecture relies on the fact that you have read the assigned material and have completed any assignment relating to it. We can take this learning and find situation to apply the new knowledge.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain various perspectives of collective bargaining theories.
  2. Discuss the historical and future trends toward labor and management conflict resolution.
  3. Evaluate how labor relations theories can be applied to workplace practices including the students own work environment.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Discuss the basic Labor Laws of the United States.
  2. Explain the process of how unions organize an organization.
  3. Explain how to evaluate contract clauses.
  4. Discuss the role of labor unions in the 21st Century.
  5. Discuss unions and globalization.
Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:
A mid term, class participation, a research paper and a comprehensive, closed book/notes proctored final exam covering the Core Learning Objectives.

Research paper/presentation: Students are required to turn in a research report of not less that 8 pages (double spaced, 12 font) in a research paper format. The project should be within the sphere of a specific labor relations or union/company strategy and approved by the instructor. An oral and digital presentation with handouts to the class, not to exceed 15 minutes, of the report's high points and solution is also required for each student. You need a minimum of two references from printed material other that your text and two references from the Internet. The research grade will be based on logic, depth of analysis, ability to relate the subject to the text and your other sources.

Case: Students are required to turn in a case analysis report. The instructor will assign a case to each student during the third class period. The report is due during week six. A report publication guideline used by this instructor is MLA, Park's standard. You need a minimum of two references from printed material other that your text and two references from the Internet. The case analysis grade will be based on logic, depth of analysis, ability to relate the subject to the text and your other sources.

An alternative is a case analysis developed from either an optional source cases or a real situation the student is involved in at their work place. The written requirement is the same as the research paper.
Or the student my opt to to an indepth analysis of the labor union based movie shown in class.


Exam 1....17.5%, (175 points)
Exam 2 (comprehensive, closed book/notes)...30%, (300 points)
Note: The exam is essay (narrative) in nature and will consist of at least one question from each of the learning outcomes discussed in class.
Research Paper / 20% (1@200 points) / due Week 6 -
Class Participation / 15% / (Throughout the term 150)
Class case/movie analysis 10% (1@100 points /TBD
Attendance 7.5%    75 points

TOTAL = 100% (1000 points)

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth. Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Dean of the School of Business.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignment must have prior approval.
Late papers will lose 1 grade per day. Late exams are by exception only.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

This is a 400 level course and a professional level of behavior is expected and demanded.

Any classroom conduct that disrupts the learning environment in the opinion of the instructor, will not be tolerated.

NO cell phones and PC's for note taking ONLY!

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:








Syllabus, Chapter 1

Chp. 1



Chapter 1&2

Chp. 1-2



Chapter 3

Chp. 3



Chapter 3&4

Chp. 3-4



Chapter 6&7

Chp. 6-7



Chapter 5

Chp. 5



Chapter 5 &7

Test Review

Chp. 5-7



Midterm Exam –Chapters 1-7



Review test results

Chapter 8

Chp. 8




Chp. 9



Chapter 9&10

Chp. 10



Chapter 11 Paper Due

Chp. 11



Chapter 13

Chp. 13



Case studies

Web Site



Final Exam Chapters 1-7, 8-11, 13



Presentations continuation.

Academic Honesty: DO NOT PLAGERIZE

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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